Ling Ping turns 3 and had a big party thrown in her honor to celebrate the milestone.
Ling Ping, born to mother Lin Hui and father Chuang Chuang on May 27, 2009, received the birthday celebration at the Chiang Mai Zoo.
Prasertsak Boontrakulpuntawee, head of the zoo’s panda research project, said Lin Ping now weighs 236 pounds and is a healthy specimen.
Prasertsak said the Thai Foreign Ministry informed the zoo Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and asked the Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao to extend the panda’s stay in Thailand by three years.
He said the issue will be discussed by officials from both countries in September.
Pandas usually consume small birds and animals.
Even though they are cuddly and adorable to look at, they can be quite dangerous when provoked. Pandas favor a solitary existence except when breeding and whe they are nurturing their offspring. The odd markings of panda bears is still a mystery for some and because of this, many theory evolve around it.
One theory suggests that there are conditions on winter snow that produces the light and dark markings to camouflage from their enemies.
The population of panda bears all over the world increased. Humans are the main reason why they are endangered. Poaching and bear trading is still illegal and it is important to save their species for the future generations to see.
Apparently Lin Pin is one smart panda baby.
Officials at the zoo said the panda, who used flags to correctly choose Spain as the winner of the 2010 World Cup, used similar means to predict Germany will beat Italy and Spain will beat Portugal in the upcoming Euro 2012 semifinal matches
News Source: UPI.com